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  1. bailey

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    Guys
    In the market for a new Laptop any advise on make and spec the main use will be Pictures & Video while away in the van

    Thanks

    Bill:Cool::Cool:
     
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    Its a minefield, the only suggestion I have is get one with as much ram as you can, definatly 2 or more gig.

    Doug...
     
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    Hi,
    I bought top-of-the-range Acer laptop with extra goodies. £600.
    Battery failed just out of warranty.
    Research says it's a common fault and replacement very expensive.
    Screen impossible to see in anything but dim light, hopeless in sunlight.
    Now just used as mains-fed spare puter.
    Would not buy another Acer.
    Daughter has 8 year old, s/h Toshiba. Still going fine!

    Hope this helps.
    If you find a good one, let us all know ok?
    Good luck.
    :thumb:
     
  4. Janine

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    I would suggest getting one with a large screen if you are going to watch DVDs.

    I also use my as a TV, using a WinTV stick, receiving many Freeview channels with great results.
     
  5. bailey

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    I herd a few horror stories regarding Acer it looks like Toshiba or hp


    Thanks

    Bill
     
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    Mines a Samsung R40+, had it 3 years with absolutely no problems...touch wood :Smile:

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    Acer

    Just to even things up.
    We bought an ACER Aspire 7736 earlier this year, it had good reviews on the AV Forum !
    Had no problems at all.
    17.3 inch HD screen
    3 GB memory
    Core2duo processor
    Web cam
    Came with windows 7
    Great for movies, good sound considering speaker size.

    A bit heavy to to carry round in a bag but we planned only to
    move it round the house and in the van.

    Go for the bigger screen :restmycase:
     
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    Hi
    If you are using for video then you need as much hard drive space as possible as video eats hard drive space faster than anything.

    I use video a lot and the best way I have found so that not such a big hard drive is needed is to use an extra plug in hard drive and put all the video and pictures on that saves having to transfer to PC when you get home, as you can use it with PC and work direct from that editing etc.

    Dave :thumb::thumb:
     
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  9. bailey

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    I realy only transfer from Camcorder to Laptop do some basic Editing then onto Disc i take it that this will free up the hard disc

    Bill
     
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    If you transfer to disc this frees up hard disc but personally always use free standing disc less chance of it going wrong and not being able to recover your work. It also lets you save more before having to transfer to disc.It lets you work at your own pace.
    I do films of all our trips and only edit when I get home so can have a lot of valuable to me film
    Dave :thumb::thumb:
     
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    I have a cute little, ultra portable Sony Vaio (TZ series)

    Screen would be too small for many people but perfect for me. The quality and sharpness of the picture is excellent. Case made of carbon fibre and well suited for motorhome life, ie. small, powerful and with massive battery life.

    JJ
     
  12. bailey

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    Tanks for that grat tip free standing disc


    Bill
     
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    Hi, I have a Toshiba Equium P200 with a 17inch screen, I have had it 4 years and it has had no problems. In fact I am using it now. I also have an 80gig external hard drive to store the video on.

    Harry
     
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    which laptop

    If you dont mind leaving windows get an apple MacBook Pro. Best thing I did but not cheap.
     
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    Snap .. great for traveling .. hard drive failed in first six months, replaced under warranty ..

    Jan has a Dell Inspiron 6400 , three years old and never missed a beat

    Chaz has a six year old iBook.. ( my old one) still going strong ..

    I use a Mac Powerbook G4 .. 17" Screen, now five year old .. screen giving problems with a white band down one side but not a great problem.. new screen cost £200

    If I can afford it my next lappy will be another Mac .. if not, I would go for another Dell
     
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    I have a Toshiba P500 with an 18" screen and love it. It has a 500gig hard drive i7 processor and 4 gig RAM
     

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